More village police?

QUESTIONS are being raised about policing levels in Pill following complaints from residents about antisocial behaviour in the village

QUESTIONS are being raised about policing levels in Pill following complaints from residents about antisocial behaviour in the village.Worried residents have contacted the parish council after becoming concerned about a number of incidents of vandalism, underage drinking and dangerous driving.Youngsters are gathering at night at Brookside playing fields and recreational areas at St Katherine's Park, drinking and being noisy until the early hours. There have also been concerns raised about boy racers speeding around the village at night with their stereos blaring and yobbos daubing shops and other buildings with graffitiNow councillors have written to police chiefs asking them to attend a meeting later this month to explain how the policing levels in Pill and whether more officers can be targeted to the village.Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council chairman Gerry Hunt said: "There is some concern about antisocial behaviour in the village and there have been some incidents which have not been dealt with by the police as quickly as some people would have liked."As a parish council we are very happy with our beat officer and police community support office (PCSO), but are concerned that because of constraints which are beyond their control, we are not getting the level of service we should have from the police."We feel the police are not as visible in the village as we would like them to be and we have asked for a meeting to be set up with a senior officer to explain how policing levels in the village are set."Police on patrol have already confiscated alcohol from youngsters caught drinking under age.PCSO Vicky Skeath has also offered councillors the opportunity to join her on patrol of the village at night.Portishead Police Sergeant Terry Scoble said: "There has been a very slight increase in calls of antisocial behaviour this summer."However, this increase equates to just one call a fortnight during the summer period."We have only ever received one call in relation to dangerous driving and our roads policing unit has been paying particular attention to the area."There have been no incidents of graffiti reported to the police."Pill is policed 24 hours a day, everyday, however, calls for the service always have to be prioritised.


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